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In Jesus the Bridegroom, Brant Pitre once again taps into the wells of Jewish Scripture and tradition, and unlocks the
secrets of what is arguably the most well-known symbol of the Christian faith: the cross of Christ. In this thrilling
exploration, Pitre shows how the suffering and death of Jesus was far more than a tragic Roman execution. Instead, the
Passion of Christ was the fulfillment of ancient Jewish prophecies of a wedding, when the God of the universe would wed
himself to humankind in an everlasting nuptial covenant.
To be sure, most Christians are familiar with the apostle Paul’s teaching that Christ is the ‘Bridegroom’ and the
Church is the ‘Bride’. But what does this really mean? And what would ever possess Paul to compare the death of Christ
to the love of a husband for his wife? If you would have been at the Crucifixion, with Jesus hanging there dying, is
that how you would have described it? How could a first-century Jew like Paul, who knew how brutal Roman crucifixions
were, have ever compared the execution of Jesus to a wedding? And why does he refer to this as the “great mystery”
As Pitre shows, the key to unlocking this mystery can be found by going back to Jewish Scripture and tradition and
seeing the entire history of salvation, from Mount Sinai to Mount Calvary, as a divine love story between Creator and
creature, between God and Israel, between Christ and his bride—a story that comes to its climax on the wood of a Roman
In the pages of Jesus the Bridegroom, dozens of familiar passages in the Bible—the Exodus, the Song of Songs, the
Wedding at Cana, the Woman at the Well, the Last Supper, the Crucifixion, and even the Second Coming at the End of
Time—are suddenly transformed before our eyes. Indeed, when seen in the light of Jewish Scripture and tradition, the
life of Christ is nothing less than the greatest love story ever told.